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    Whitelee, the world's first wind farm to fly the Green Flag


    July 29, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      Some thirty pupils from Saint Sophia's Primary School in Galston, in the Scottish county of East Ayrshire, celebrated the end of the school year by hoisting the Green Flag Award at the Whitelee wind farm. The facility, owned by ScottishPower Renewables, Iberdrola's energy subsidiary, is the largest onshore wind farm in the UK and now the first in the world to receive this prestigious award.The Green Flag Awards are an international benchmark for the positive management of outdoor recreational spaces. These awards recognize good management of parks, gardens and other green spaces that meet the needs of the communities they are located in and serve.Whitelee welcomes some 250,000 walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders each year. It has won the award for working with the Whitelee Ranger Service to leave a positive environmental legacy by improving ecological habitats for native bird species and restoring natural peat bogs (a type of wetland) at the wind farm.ScottishPower Renewables supports this ranger service through the Whitelee Access Project, a partnership comprising three local government teams (East Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire councils), the company itself, the Scottish state agency for forests and land (Forestry and Land Scotland) and representatives of the local community.Year 7 pupils (the equivalent of sixth grade in Spain), who had the opportunity to take part in the Green Flag award celebration, were among the 50.The students visited Whitelee to learn about the enormous potential of renewable energy.The students went to the Visitor Center, run by the Glasgow Science Centre, enjoyed a tour of the wind farm's emission-free, electric bus and also came along to see some of its 215 wind turbines.During the visit, they learned about plans to make Whitelee the UK's largest energy park, with the addition of solar panels, battery storage and green hydrogen to the site, meaning it can continue to provide clean energy even when the wind is not blowing.Barry Carruthers, managing director of Onshore Wind UK and ScottishPower Renewables in Ireland, noted, "Whitelee is a vital part of Scotland and the UK's transition to a clean energy future, but," he added, "it is also a green space that is dear to everyone's hearts. It is great to see the Green Flag flying high to celebrate the dedication of the team managing the farm and the work that goes into running the UK's largest onshore wind farm."

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